Kimmins is all style in triumph
PALM beach surfer Clint Kimmins took out the 2011 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic with a strong and powerful performance at Burleigh Point on Sunday.
In overhead wild weather and stormy surf, Kimmins narrowly defeated a fast-finishing Noah Lane (Burleigh Heads) in a 30-minute final which was a battle of endurance and stylish surfing.
Halfway through the final, Kimmins claimed the wave of the heat, pulling off some massive turns and scoring a long tube on the end section to take the lead from 1999 ASP world champion Mark Occhilupo, and was not headed for the rest of the final.
Runner-up Noah Lane closed in on Kimmins' lead, his last wave a dynamic display of backhand single-fin surfing, putting him within reach of Kimmins with only minutes remaining.
Unfortunately for Lane, the wave he needed didn't come and he had to be content with second place.
The final wrapped up the 14th year for this iconic event and even though the weather was wet and wild, a large crowd congregated on the natural amphitheatre of Burleigh Point.
Occhilupo placed third, Burleigh local Tim Hyland was fourth, MNM Boardriders stalwart Anthony Pols fifth and perennial finalist Ryan Grey sixth.